The cultural mandate and the final frontier

“Space,” proclaimed the memorable opening to the original Star Trek series, is “the final frontier.” The image of the frontier, and its historic importance to Americans especially, has been part of our national discourse since at least historian Frederick J. Continue Reading...

Is income inequality acceptable?

In the past few weeks, democratic presidential hopefuls outlined income inequality fixes anywhere from $1,000 per month basic income to free college and single payer healthcare. While many operate on the assumption that income equality results in a fair economic system, I do not. Continue Reading...

IEP Portugal grants the 2019 “Faith And Liberty Lifetime Tribute” on a special feast day

It was again a pleasure for me to chair the “Faith and Liberty Lifetime Tribute” ceremony and session during the 2019 Estoril Political Forum in Estoril, Portugal. The Forum, a three-day program organized by the IEP (Institute for Political Studies) at the Catholic University of Portugal, attracts almost one hundred academic, think tank, and public intellectuals from both sides of the Atlantic. Continue Reading...

Aldi and the virtues of ‘brutal efficiency’

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a food revolution of sorts, leading to expansive consumer choice and an increasing emphasis on healthy or specialty foods that are locally and ethically sourced. In turn, a flurry of grocery chains have capitalized on such trends, with some stuffing their aisles with countless brands as others focus on “socially conscious” goods at luxury prices. Continue Reading...